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Rare Coins & Old U.S. Coins > Cents > Three-Cent Silver Piece Coins : 1851-1862

Three-Cent Silver Piece Coins 1851-1862

Three-Cent Silver Piece Coins

1851-1862

This coin is the smallest silver coin ever produced by the U.S. Mint. It was authorized by congress March 3, 1851, and is known as the three-cent piece Type 1. The designer of this coin was Chief Engraver James B. Longacre. The design consists of a six-pointed star at the center with the Union shield. The inscription "United States of America" and the date are around the border. The reverse depicts thirteen stars surrounding a C-shaped device with a Roman numeral "III".

Congress hoped that this coin would help sell postage stamps and eliminate the coin shortage.
Though somewhat troublesome, change was now available. These thin, little, insignificant looking coins, called "fish scales" by the public and made fun of in the newspapers, became the savior of American commerce!

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Composition from 1851-1853: (75% Silver, 25% Copper)
Composition from 1854-1862: (90% Silver, 10% Copper)



Three-Cent Silver Piece Coins: 1851-1862
Item #DescriptionPriceQty
3610About Good Qualityn/a 
 
5628Good Qualityn/a 
 
5629Very Good Qualityn/a 
 
5630Fine Qualityn/a 
 
5631Very Fine Qualityn/a 
 
2374Extremely Fine Qualityn/a